During a recent board meeting, Reading Specialist Pam Miller updated the board and reported that Gov. Bob Riley has allocated the funding which will add reading coaches for grades K-3 to Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville, Sand Rock and Spring Garden Schools.
According to Mrs. Miller, however, this action would leave grades 4 through 6 unattended. The board will consider naming Mrs. Miller as supervisor of the new reading coaches so the system can maintain the program for students in grades 4-6.
Kay Davis, superintendent, Cherokee County Schools, said the system implemented the Reading Initiative program in Cherokee County a few years ago and it has since paid off. Students at all Reading Initiative Certified Schools have shown improvement in their reading skills.
Teresa Noell, uniserve director for this district, said news of these new positions is hot off the press and many are not aware.
“The state is trying to put together very quickly a job description and they are going to allow a little wider assessment of the people to be hired,” said Mrs. Noell. “Probably within the next seven to 10 days, they will have that material out to superintendents. You (Cherokee County Schools) are in the very best posture to take advantage of this new funding because you dedicated years back the money, the personnel that it took to get your schools reading initiative trained. And now you are getting four new units through the new legislation.”
Millie Rowley, president, Cherokee County ESPO (Education Support Personnel Organization) reported on the recent ESPO conference in Anniston. Members were updated on school safety policy and procedure and the new tenure law. She also announced that she would be Patsy Richardson will soon begin her duties as the new president of Cherokee County ESPO.
On another matter, Mrs. Davis recommended hiring full-time assistant principals for Cedar Bluff, Centre Middle School and Gaylesville Schools. Board members, however, said they wanted to meet in a work session with each principal to assess the needs of his/her school before approving this recommendation. The board will meet with each principal in approximately 30-minute sessions Monday, June 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In personnel action, the board:
*accepted the resignations of Harold Loveless as a Centre bus driver, effective immediately, and approved posting the position and Debbie Stidham as an English teacher at Gaylesville School, and approved posting the position.
*approved the certificated transfers of Susan Smith from math teacher at Centre Middle School the math teacher at Cherokee County High School and approved posting the position, Angela Stallings from Science teacher at Gaylesville School to Science Teacher at Cherokee County High School and approved posting the Gaylesville position, Leah Odam from History teacher at Gaylesville School to Science teacher at Cherokee County High School and approved posting the Gaylesville position, Josh Bates from second grade teacher at Gaylesville School to fourth grade teacher at Gaylesville School, DeAnna Murphy from fourth grade teacher at Gaylesville School to fifth grade teacher at Gaylesville School, Gina Farrar from first grade teacher at Gaylesville School to second grade teacher at Gaylesville School, Mark Green from one-half time elementary counselor at Sand Rock School/one-half time counselor at Centre Elementary School to full-time elementary counselor at Sand Rock School, Sabrina Reedy from special education teacher at Spring Garden School to fourth grade teacher at Spring Garden School and approved posting the position, Kelly Bates from federal class size reduction unit at Spring Garden School to first grade at Spring Garden School and Rachel Smith from Science teacher at Sand Rock School to Science teacher at Cedar Bluff School and approved posting the Sand Rock School position.
*approved certificated placements of Amanda Lambert as special education speech teacher-system wide; Clayshane Mims as agriscience teacher at Cedar Bluff School, Summer Chesnut as Spanish teacher at Sand Rock School, Lana Myrick as fifth grade teacher at Sand Rock School, Jim Garmany as physical education teacher at Centre Middle School, Nikki Woodall as elementary teacher at Gaylesville School, Staci Bailey as Family and Consumer Science teacher at Gaylesville School and Leighann Ford as English/Social Science teacher at Spring Garden School.
*approved William McCullough as a custodial assistant at Centre Elementary School.
*approved posting a special education paraprofessional position at Centre Elementary School to be funded by special education.
*approved leaves of absences for Jane Richardson, educational leave, from the first of September through mid-December, to complete internship.
*approved Jason Howard as Boys basketball director/head coach at Spring Garden School for 2004-2005.
In other business, the board:
*met in executive session to discuss pending litigation, but took no action following the session.
*approved Reba Grissom as a member of the Spring Garden School Advisory Council.
*accepted bids on Sand Rock Sidewalk/Pad from Crane Brothers, Inc., for $11,918, Sand Rock Football Fence from Cherokee Fence for $2,350, Sand Rock Baseball Fence from A&G Fence for $700 and on an aluminum plank for the bleachers at Sand Rock from Outdoor Aluminum for $2,925.
*approved out-of-state travel for Teresa Starr to attend a National Training Seminar July 6-10 at no cost to the board and for Brenda Woodall to attend the National Skills USA VICA Competition June 21-26 in Kansas City, Mo. with the board matching half of the cost.
*voted to assist with half of Gaylesville School’s accreditation expenses.
*voted to add an hour to the schedule of Suzanne Anthony, custodian at Gaylesville School, and to allow a student worker to work one hour per day after school.
*approved closing the road between Fibber’s Restaurant and the Cedar Bluff Elementary School Gymnasium as a service road for the restaurant, which is planning a large expansion. The board will seek information in writing from Cedar Bluff School, Cedar Bluff Town Hall and Fibbers